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Old 12-02-2014, 04:57 PM   #1
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2011 Yukon Denali towing a 2004 slide out

I have a 2011 Yukon Denali which I think has plenty of HP for the job but I have my eye on a 2004 28' 9100 slide out. Capacity is listed for Yukon at 8100 do you think I would have a problem or make a recommendation on any retro fit to increase capacity
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Old 12-02-2014, 05:11 PM   #2
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you would be overloaded...particularly in the tongue weight spec relative to gross rear axle weight rating. The slides are notoriously heavy on the tongue.
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Old 12-02-2014, 06:05 PM   #3
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Hitch weight on the 2004 Safari S/O is rated at 1250 lbs. The dry trailer weight is 6680 lbs, 9100 lbs GVWR. My 2005 28' S/O has a hitch weight of 1050 and that includes the Hensley Hitch head (I weighed this fully loaded). If you were to tow it without any gear, options, or water, you could probably do it, but I would still be concerned about the hitch weight. Here is a link to the 2004 Safari manual to download if you want more information on the trailer.
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Old 12-02-2014, 07:43 PM   #4
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I saw a family at Yosemite national park this last Aug towing one of these with their Chevy Tahoe


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Old 12-03-2014, 09:07 AM   #6
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What is FAWR and RAWR on the Tahoe?

If TW is 1,250-lbs and the WD hitch leaves 75-80% (around 975-lbs) on TV that is well-distributed, then yes, it may be able to do the job. Much depends on intended terrain, load of both vehicles, and operator expectations. A short rear overhang is a recommendation on models featuring such as to towing stability.

Start by filling the Tahoe with fuel and adding approximate weight representations with sandbags per weight of people and payload. Use a CAT Scale to get axle weights on solo vehicle with driver in seat.

Guesstimates aren't worth too much, overall, but provide a starting point in this instance.

It may be that a different set of wheels and/or tires will provide the maximum of which the Tahoe is capable. Same for shocks: KONI (preferred) or BILSTEIN.

And I'd always recommend the best hitch which these days is a PROPRIDE. No reason not to go ahead and get that. Same for a DIRECLINK brake controller.

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Old 12-03-2014, 09:12 AM   #7
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This scares me! OP, is yours an XL or regular Yukon? I wouldn't even hitch it up if it is a "shorty".
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You could add a set of Firestone airbags in the rear and that would make it work, but I would still be afraid of the hitch itself breaking. Better off with a 3/4 ton pickup or ask Andy in Canada to set up a Chrysler 300 for you, they can tow anything.
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Old 12-03-2014, 05:51 PM   #9
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Hi Bruce521
I have a classic 31 and pull it with my Yukon xl, as do a lot of other owners. I use a Hensley Arrow for unmatched sway control (elimination) and have 10 ply Michlin LTX AT tires on my Yuke. It is an excellent match up on the road. That being said, I would get a hold of the good folks at Can Am R.V. in London Ontario and provide them with as much information as you can get your hands on for both the trailer and your tow vehicle. Free advise when it comes to towing is wonderful. Knowledgeable advice is priceless!
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